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Metro is preparing for large crowds and traffic detours during Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, September 22 through Thursday, September 24. Specific details on the visit are still in the planning stages, but Metro wants every passenger to start getting ready now with these key tips:

On Metrorail, expect station & service adjustments. Some station entrances may be temporarily closed based on security needs. Trains and stations near Papal events may experience heavy crowds.

  • Expect Metrobus detours.Many Metrobus routes near Papal events and the parade route will be detoured or shortened. Click for complete details.
  • Regular hours and fares in effect. Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight both days of the Papal visit. Regular weekday fares and parking fees will be in effect.
  • Pope Francis Visit to D.C. Travel Information